My son lives in Mason, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati). We have had the pleasure of being there a few times at Halloween. They do the coolest thing. Everyone knows the hours to trick or treat are from 6 to 8 P M and everyone observes the time frame. It makes for a wholly pleasurable experience.
Parents, kids, and those handing out the treats all know when to start and when to turn off the lights and when to go home. With the times established and limited, those who hand out treats often hang out in driveways to greet the kids as they make the rounds. There is no haggling with your kids over when to start and stop. No wondering if more kids will ring the doorbell once you have settled into evening activity in the home. It makes so much sense I hope we will embrace the concept here and make it happen. Maybe local city councils, the paper, churches and other stakeholders will take up the cause and provide some much needed to structure to what is a bit of a chaotic and open ended event. Halloween is a blast. Hours for trick or treating will enhance it.